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Then and Now: Maple Street Bridge

The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet wide, plus a 5-foot-wide pedestrian path on the southbound side.

100 years ago in Spokane: 2 escape juvenile jail; Glover Field dedicated

Two boys, 15 and 16, made a daring escape from the county juvenile detention center — but they didn’t get far. It all began when the two boys, being held as vagrants, were sent upstairs to clean the dormitories. The matron followed a few minutes later, but heard a crash.

100 years ago in Spokane: Police appoint woman ‘special officer’ to report on ‘moral conditions’ in parks, dance halls

Mrs. Grace Kendall was appointed a “special officer” of the Spokane police, with the authority to inspect and report on the “moral conditions” in the city’s parks and dance halls. She would be working under the direction of the Florence Crittenton Home, Spokane’s home for unwed mothers. She was described as a “woman of wide experience.”

Pay-for-parking system on Peaceful Valley streets gets put on hold

Residents would be asked to buy a $25 pass, good for the entire summer, to park on two blocks in the historic neighborhood popular with rafters, kayakers and tubers. But neighbors said Wednesday they had concerns about paying a fee to park on public streets, and the proposal – which could spread to other areas of town – was put on hold.

Then and Now: Flooding in Spokane – it’s been worse

As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have hit the city’s low-lying areas.

After years of delays downtown developer plans to build condo tower

A stalled and once controversial condominium building project is back on track, due to an improved economy and a perceived desire for “luxury high rise” living units in downtown Spokane. Developer Mick McDowell and his wife, Shelley, are planning to build a 14-story, 50-unit tower on West Riverside Avenue overlooking the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.

Restoration honors 124-year-old home in Peaceful Valley

One of the oldest homes in Spokane is not a mansion belonging to one of the mining or real estate barons whose names grace schools, streets and parks in the city. It is the Franz Pietsch House in Peaceful Valley, built by a German immigrant who worked as a farmer, bricklayer and mason. The Pietsch House is a two-and-a-half story brick structure in a rare-for-the-area Italianate style that stands tall among the smaller one-story homes around it. It was designed and built by Pietsch in 1891-92 and is the oldest single-family home in Peaceful Valley, an area first developed as a working class neighborhood just west and downhill from downtown Spokane. There are not many homes older than this one in all of Spokane.

Spokane adds trail in Peaceful Valley

A tiny new graveled trail runs near the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley, thanks to erosion and an exposed sewer pipe. While it may not sound like the best place to walk, it’s a step up from the sandbags that were previously piled up against an exposed manhole and the dusty goat trails that invited only the slightly adventurous and surefooted.